Best Ear Plugs For Blocking Snoring

According to the Sleep Council, 4 out of 5 people complain of disturbed sleep. And snoring is one of the top complaints for a disturbed night when sharing a bed.

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Earplugs for snoring

Introducing Isolate® Ear Plugs, a new revolutionary alloy metal ear plug that works by blocking sound rather than absorbing it in the way traditional foam and plastic ear plugs do.

Traditionally metal is a good conductor. However, the Isolate® Earfoams that cover the 4mm of solid metal remove the direct connection needed for metal to conduct with the result that they block sound perfectly! Plus the soft foams are comfortable to wear in your ears.

These revolutionary ear plugs block all frequencies from entering your ears, including the bass frequencies commonly produced by snorers, which traditional plastic and foam ear plugs fail to do.

Allen Davey of The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association speaking about Isolate®

There are two versions of Isolate, one is made from Aluminium and comes in 7 anodised colours and the second is made from the slightly denser Titanium which only comes in it's natural metal colour. Both work to a minium SNR rating of 35dB.

What is snoring?
Snoring is when a person makes a snorting or rattling noise when they sleep.

What causes snoring?
It’s caused by vibrations of soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe while you sleep.
When you’re asleep your airways relax and narrow, which affects pressure in your airways and causes the tissue to vibrate.

Who snores?
Snoring affects men and women of all ages. According to the NHS as many as 1 in 4 people in England snore regularly. Though it’s believed to be most common in people aged 40-60 and it’s thought that twice as many men as women snore.

What are the impacts of snoring?
Snoring is a key factor in sleep deprivation and not just for those kept awake by somebody else’s snoring! If you’re a heavy snorer it can affect your breathing while you sleep leading you to feel excessively tired during the day.

Is there a cure for snoring?
Sadly, there isn’t currently a cure for snoring, but there are earplugs!! 

  • Lifestyle changes can have an impact, such as losing weight if you’re overweight.
  • Some people may find that anti-snoring devices help, such as nasal strips or mouth guards
  • Using pillows to prop yourself up and prevent sleeping flat on your back can help
  • Surgery can be an option in extreme cases, but may only have a limited impact and is often only a temporary solution at best.

Isolate® Ear Plugs are made of an alloy metal which makes up the main body of the ear plug and then replacement foams fit on the end, these come in different sizes of small, medium & large.

Isolate Earplugs

Chances of snoring are increased by:

  • Being overweight - fatty tissue around the neck puts pressure on airways and prevents air flowing freely
  • Sleeping on your back - your tongue, chin and excess fat can squash your airway and affect air flow
  • Having a cold - airways can become partially blocked
  • Smoking - it irritates the lining of your throat and nose, leading to swelling and catarrh, which decreases airflow and can result in snoring
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol - effects of alcohol make your muscles relax more, which can result in the back of your throat collapsing as you breathe and lead to snoring
Snoring - Normal breathing

Normal Breathing

Snoring - Partial obstruction of airway

Snoring - Partial obstruction of airway

OSA - Complete obstruction of airways

OSA - Complete obstruction of airways

The NHS grades snorers across three levels:

  • Grade 1 - light, infrequent snoring, generally doesn’t affect your breathing (it might still irritate a partner though!)
  • Grade 2 - regular snoring (more than 3 days a week). May have mild to moderate breathing difficulties during sleep. Can affect sleep quality and make you feel tired in the daytime.
  • Grade 3 - snores every night and loud enough to be heard outside their room

Those classed as Grade 3 snorers often have a related condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. This is where snoring causes the airways to be partially or completely blocked for about 10 seconds, a lack of oxygen then triggers your brain to move you from a deep to a light sleep, or even wake you up, in order to restore normal breathing. Repeated snoring and waking can make you feel very tired the following day.

Sleeping with earplugs to reduce noise of snoring